Our Recommended New Puppy Supply List!
Below is our Alaskan Klee Kai puppy supplies checklist. These are the puppy products I recommend you purchase before your new puppy comes home.
Being prepared helps so much! On your puppies first day home you do not want to be running around trying to figure out what you need. When everything is setup and ready to go, you will have the time to sit back and enjoy getting to know your new Alaskan Klee Kai puppy.
1. Dog Toys/Chews
We recommend getting lots of different textured toys to help when your puppy starts teething/chewing. If you never had a puppy then get ready for some unwanted chewing of among other things furniture, clothes, shoes, hands, and feet. A good toy or dog chew will help redirect this unwanted behavior until your puppy matures and sheds his puppy teeth. Here is a link to several we recommend:
2. Dog Crate
You can get the plastic or metal crate. However, if you decide to go with metal you will want a crate cover or towel to give your puppy more of a den feeling.
First off, let me assure you that putting your dog in a crate is not a negative thing (at least not if we do it right). If we done properly, your puppy should love his crate. Dogs are natural denning animals and innately have the desire to keep their den clean and not to pee or poop there. Not only do dog crates keep your puppy safe and help with potty training but crate training is also helpful at avoiding separation anxiety issues from developing because crate training teaches puppies how to self soothe and learn to feel safe and content even when left alone.
If you never had a puppy then get ready for some unwanted chewing of among other things furniture, clothes, shoes, hands, and feet. A good dog chew will help redirect this unwanted behavior until your puppy matures and sheds his puppy teeth. Our favorite dog chew for both our puppies and older dogs are
You will want a short, light weight 4 or 6 foot nylon leash (we usually get the “small” 6 foot leash) Remember your puppy will usually be under 5 lbs when when they leave here and have a neck size of 8-10" so you do not want a heavy leash on his collar.
We like nylon buckle collars for every day use. When your puppy first goes home he will be a 8-10" neck size and usually under 5 lbs.
We don’t get too fancy with our puppy collars and harnesses. A simple nylon buckle collar does the trick. After all they’ll out grow their collar in no time.
We like purchasing our tags from our local pet store, but if you can also order online if you prefer. We do recommend getting his microchip number engraved on the name tag so you will want to wait for this until after you have him home.
6. Puppy Blanket
We send all of our puppies home with a small puppy blanket that smells like our home and litter-mates. You can get any puppy/baby blanket.
7. Puppy Food
We currently feed our puppies Pro Plan Focus Chicken and Rice Formula and then once over a year old we change to Pro Plan Sport Performance 30/20. We have tried so many different dog foods and Raw diets. And currently everyone seems to like this food. They are used to eating about 1/4 cup 3 times a day. We feed around 7 am, 1 pm and 5 pm, Once the puppy is 7-8 weeks old we try to feed about 1/3-1/2 cup twice a day. Your puppy will go home with a small ziplock baggie of puppy food. If you switch dog foods you should start by giving 1/3 of the new food and 2/3 of the old food --- have them eat that for about a week and then go 1/2 and 1/2 for a week and then go 2/3 to 1/3 for a week and then go 100% with the new food.
We like basic Stainless Steel Dog Bowls
A simple stainless steel food and water bowl will do the trick. Ceramic and plastic bowls can be a home for bacteria which can cause some health issues. Stainless steel bowls will probably last forever.
If you’re feeding a raw diet or wet food you should wash the bowls after each meal. If you’re feeding dry you could get away with a few days but don’t let them go too long. Also remember to clean the water bowls every days or they can get funky. Keep in mind your puppy will try to carry the bowls around so you will want to get something that is difficult for them to pick up.
9. Stain & Odor Remover
Guess what? Your puppy is going to have accidents in the house. Even if you stick to a strict potty training schedule there will always be a miscue. Never fear Rocco & Roxie makes a great stain & odor remover that we use with our puppies.
QUICK TIPS: Always use an enzymatic cleaner that will completely eliminate the smell of urine. Your dog’s sense of smell is thousands to millions of times better than yours so make sure you have a cleaner that does the job right
We like Zuke's Mini Naturals Dog Treats
When do you start training your puppy? The day you get him! When your puppy goes home at 8 weeks old he will be between 3-5 lbs. We recommend starting the training with pcs of kibble instead of treats. They are very small at this age and will get full on treats and then not eat their meal. Once they are a little bigger you can switch training to treats. Whether or not you decide to train your puppy with treats it’s still important to have treats for your puppy.
11. Dog Grooming
Double coated dogs should be brushed often to promote the growth of new fur and removal of dead fur. You should never shave your puppy. Few people realize that a dog’s double coat actually helps them in the stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Have you ever heard someone say, “my dog is blowing his coat”? For most double coated breeds, this happens twice a year. We use and recommend multiple types of brushes/combs. Never use the furminator style brushes on your dog. These types of brushes will damage your dogs coat.
12. Puppy Shampoo
You don’t want to use harsh human products or even some dog shampoo might be too much for your puppy’s delicate skin.
13. Rags / Towels
We like whatever we can find around the house 🙂
Our second Guide puppy Derby had several accidents on the car ride home and made a little mess on the seats and floor mats. Ever since then we always have rags on hand to keep the car and all areas of the house as clean of puppy pee, poop, and vomit.
We like this Basic Pet Bedding for the crate
A word of warning: not all, but many of our puppies have decided the pet bedding would make a good chew and shred toy. So don't spend a lot of money on the crate bedding and get a back up one just in case.
15. Dog Bed
We like a Simple Dog Bed
Again blankets, towels, bed sheets, and even pillows can be used as a dog bed. One thing to look for in a dog bed is one that is easily washable. As you might imagine, puppies often have accidents on their dog beds.
16. Puppy Pee Pads/Grass Pad
We like these options:
We introduce all of our puppies to grass outside, pee pads and artificial grass. I know that potty training outside is not always an option. I highly suggest getting the artificial grass or pee pads and pee pad tray or the pee pads with the sticky back to stick to the floor so your puppy does not drag the pee pad around as a chew toy. Please note that if you do purchase the artificial turf tray I suggest you glue the 4 corners to the removable insert so that the puppy does not pull the grass out of the tray.
17. Poop Bags
We like Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags
We don’t use them as much now that we have a large backyard and pooper scooper. However, whenever we’re out and about with Stetson or Raven we grab our favorite Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags. Remember to always have something to scoop the poop when out in public.
Gates are a great way to keep you puppies confined to only certain rooms in your house. Keep in mind some pups will climb or learn to jump so the gates should be at least 30" tall.
We like this Paws and Pals exercise pen
This exercise pen can be used indoors and outdoors. It is free standing and very sturdy. You will want to make sure you get the 32 or 40" tall 8 panel pen.
Not essential, but if you can’t keep a close eye on your puppy and you don’t want to crate him.
20. Nail Trimmer
Your puppy will be used to getting his nails trimmed when he leaves here. You will want to continue trimming his nails every few weeks depending on how much he naturally wears them down. You can use basic trimmers or a pet dremel.
We recommend you order NuVet supplements for your puppy prior to him coming home. To learn more about these supplements please read more
22. Reading Material
We recommend you read books from Zak George. He has some great information for new owners. I also recommend that you watch his training videos on youtube.
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